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Biomedical Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies that assist with activities and applications of clinical medicine.

References and Guidance

Additional Guidance

Category Specific Guidance

The Environmental Protection Agencyopens in new window encourages the use of mercury free alternative products that are comparably priced and as effective as their mercury counterpart to comply with the Clean Air, Clean Water, Resource Conservation and Recovery, and Safe Drinking Water Acts.

The EPA has added phthalates to the list of chemicals of concern under the Toxic Substances Control Actopens in new window.

February 2009 it became unlawful to manufacture for sale, distribute in commerce, or import any childcare article that contains phthalates DEHP, DBP or BBP at levels of higher than 0.1%.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a Public Health Notificationopens in new window in July of 2002 regarding a safety assessment of a phthalate Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) released from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as it is most prevalent in medical devices.


Federal agency customers are required to buy sustainable products such as energy efficient products and recycled content products, to the maximum extent practicable.

In accordance with FAR Part 23.103opens in new window, Federal agencies shall advance sustainable acquisition by ensuring that 95 percent of new contract actions for the supply of products and for the acquisition of services (including construction) require that the products are:

  • Energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR® or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP)-designated);
  • Water-efficient;
  • Biobased;
  • Environmentally preferable (e.g., EPEAT®-registered, or non-toxic or less toxic alternatives);
  • Non-ozone depleting; or
  • Made with recovered materials.

Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing:


Sustainable services also include construction and service contracts where sustainable products are delivered, furnished for Government use, or furnished for Contractor use at a federally controlled facility.

In accordance with FAR Part 23.103opens in new window, Sustainable Acquisitions, service contracts must require the use or supply of sustainable products covered by certain Federal environmental programs, when applicable. Sustainable products include energy efficient, recycled content, water efficient, biobased, and other environmentally preferable products.

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  • You can determine the specific sustainable requirements that apply to your acquisition by clicking on the individual product categories on the Left Side of this page
  • You can Learn more by visiting the Environmental Programs page
Other Considerations

Before buying new products, be sure to consider excess personal property from other federal agencies. It's not just the mandatory first source of supply, it's sustainable! Visit GSAXcess®opens in new window to search the federal government’s available excess personal property for transfer.

To promote fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, consider using a SmartWay Transport Partneropens in new window for shipment of your products.